Hello Insiders! I have the pleasure of spending 2 lovely weeks in the DFW area coming up and would love to hear your suggestions for great BBQ or fried chicken! I'll technically be staying in Addison, but will happily drive for a great meal. A few highlights/favorites from previous travels are Babes (ok, I have to go here every trip!), Hard Eight BBQ and of course the amazing Woodshed. Yes those ribs and smoked baked potato were as delicious as they look! Of course any other favorite places are appreciated!
bacon14, Lockhart Smokehouse is awesome! You know Hard Eights and that's a favorite of mine too. For quick BBQ, Red Hot and Blue is quite good too! If you give me a sense for what part of town you will be in, I'll get you some more local recommendations from my team when I get into Dallas on Wednesday. Enjoy!
nationwide thanks for the tip on Lockhart! l'my staying in Addison but I'm mostlying going to be on my own so I don't mind anywhere within an hour or so. I've even made it out to Bones Daddys ..... yes, I was two non working girls that night but we still had a great time and the food was darn good. Any other places the team recommends, please send them my Way!
Hard 8 is great, Rudy's is an institution for sure, the sauce is a separate food group LOL You can order just how you want it cut (lean, moist, extra bark, etc) and they have jalapeno sausages that are tasty.
If you are up towards Frisco, Three Stacks is pretty good for BBQ.
Salt Lick - it's ok, not the best but if you are running out of places to try it's worth it
Pecan Lodge - made the food network list, it's not bad
Woodshed - kind of a Mexican spin but good. another food network place
Babe's - if you want fried chicken, go here and go hungry
zukracer I haven't been to Rudy's and will add this to the list for sure!!!
Salt Lick - I went to the one outside of Austin and was amazed how absolutely packed it was at 4:00 in the afternoon. It was fun to try their wines and enjoy a little BBQ at the picnic tables but not a place I'd go out of the way for again.
Woodshed - That's where my picture of the loaded smoked potato and ribs was from. I've been twice and really enjoyed the food each time.
Babes - Babes o Babes, glad to hear you like it as well. I've learned over the years to not even waste the space on that silly sugar water dressing salad! I also love that it's BYOB and I can bring wine with me.
bacon14 - two more BBQ recommendations for you since you don't mind driving a little bit. Safe travels and enjoy the BBQ. You can't go wrong with fried chicken at Babe's.
Helms (Ft Worth)
Thank you so much nationwide!! I also really love the creamed corn at Babes. Although it could just be because I'd never heard of creamed corn before visiting Texas. That kind of goodness is hard to come by in kale and quinoa country
I didn't pay too much attention to this post when I first saw it because we weren't planning a trip to Dallas in the near future; however, we might be planning a trip later this spring so I thought I would look it up. We've actually eaten at several of the restaurants in other locations in Texas.
bacon14 I am interested in the creamed corn at Babes. Is it like creamed corn out of the can or does it have added ingredients? VooDoo BBQ, located in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, has a corn pudding that we love. I have several corn pudding recipes, but they never come out just like VooDoo's, but they are close.
If you ever want BBQ in Arkansas, we highly recommend Whole Hog (several locations in the state and Santa Fe, NM) and Sassy's Red House in Fayetteville.
razorbackfan I'd say the creamed corn at Babes is the consistency of creamed corn out of the can, but MUCH better. Probably lots of added butter and seasoning to make it extra delicious. I've never had corn pudding but feel I need to add this to my list!
If you are in the Addison area while in Dallas, Kenny's Wood Fired Grill is excellent for a nice meal.
I'm starting to really look forward to next week!
Hard 8 is right near DFW, would certainly be a good spot to grab a bite as you are leaving the rental car facility. Probably less than 15min drive north from the rental place to this Hard 8 @ 688 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, TX 75019
Other places are a little more drive, depends on if you are heading due east or willing to snake around a bit to get where you are going You won't be disappointed with Hard 8 though and it's really quite easy to get to from DFW.
zukracer That is exactly the information I needed. Hard 8 sounds perfect for lunch. We will be heading toward Plano which is a little more northeast, I guess. We wouldn't mind wandering around a little and will have several days to do some wandering.....
razorbackfan if you are going to plano, check out three stacks right up the road @ 4226 Preston Rd, Frisco, TX 75034
Also Rudy's isnt terribly far from there @ 9828 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034
Both great options in Plano area. Lots of great steak places too, Silver Fox Frisco | Silver Fox is really yummy, the pickles are great (horseradish sweet pickles)
zukracer and @ne_traveling_man I finally made it to Rudy's in Frisco last night and it was well worth the drive! Ribs, smoked turkey and pulled pork were all excellent. I'd skip the creamed corn if I went back to Rudy's but that was the only item tried that wouldn't make the cut on the next visit.
There is also a Babes in Frisco which is well worth a visit if you haven't been. It's BYOB, so don't forget any adult beverages you might want. If you go to Hard Eight for lunch, plan enough time for a nap afterwards. Two words - MEAT COMA
zukracer 3 Stacks was another great recommendation. (It was actually only a few blocks from where we stayed at the Springhill Suites Frisco Plano.) We went about 3 PM and it wasn't too busy. We decided on the brisket queso as an appetizer and it was almost too hot to eat. We mentioned this to the waitress and she commented that the heat of the jalapeno caused the queso to be exceptionally hot. I ordered the pulled pork tacos which were delicious. I should have shared them with bikinchris because I only ate 1 and took the other ones in a doggy bag, not knowing how good they would be reheated. We actually reheated them the next day, along with the leftover queso, in the microwave at the SHS where we stayed, and they were still delicious. It was the first time I had a taco in a flour tortilla that had been grilled so that it would be a bit crunchy, but it really added to the taste.
Thank you for taking the time to give us these recommendations.
zukracer We ate lunch at Hard 8 and it was the perfect BBQ restaurant for us. It was an easy drive from DFW (we were surprised we had to pay $4 to drive thru the airport, but maybe there was an alternate route). We arrived about 1PM and it was not too busy. For those who have never been there, the entrance routes you through the smokehouse where you pick out your meat and tell them how much you want. I decided on the brisket sandwich lunch special. For $8, you get a sandwich with your meat of choice on either a jalapeno or white bun, a bag of chips, and a drink. They also offer complimentary pinto beans with your order which you serve yourself from 15 gallon pot. (I saved my chips for later.) Bikinchris ordered the brisket baked potato and got a side of cornbread salad. They have lots of sides (potato salad, slaw, green salad, creamed corn, corn on the cob, etc.) and if you have room for dessert, there are several different kinds of cobbler as well as pecan pie. We would definitely return to Hard 8 if we were in the area.
ahh yes, next time you leave the DFW rental car center turn away from the airport
If you turn right out of the rental center at the end of that road, turn left, will take you to the highway. If you turn left out of the rental center, you can get to various other places without going back up through the airport. It's a racket for sure but they had to do something because when it was free to drive through, it was congested beyond belief with commuters looking to avoid other road issues LOL